Local Sports, Local Stories and Tim Tebow

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Tim Tebow (wearing orange #15 jersey) and fellow teammates gather to start training camp in 2010, his rookie season.
Tim Tebow (wearing orange #15 jersey) and fellow teammates gather to start training camp in 2010, his rookie season.

I hate to admit it, but, in a way, my fascination with sports comes down to Tim Tebow. It’s always Tim Tebow, even when you don’t want it to be. And that’s coming from a Denver Broncos fan who struggled to watch the Tebow quarterback the Broncos into the 2011 playoffs. It’s also coming from a guy who lived in Tallahassee, Florida, ground zero for Tebow dislike, save the many UF fans who made Florida’s state capital their home. I just wasn’t a fan of Tebow as a quarterback on my favorite NFL team.

But it is exactly the last-minute, come-from behind nature of the wins that Tebow orchestrated as a Bronco in 2011 that has always captivated me as a sports fan. It’s what kept me coming back to the Tebow-led Broncos. And, as I think about it today, it’s that kind of emotional enticement that brought me to the sports pages of the Minneapolis Star Tribune in the late 1980s when then Broncos quarterback John Elway was driving Denver into the playoffs and the Super Bowl with end-of-the-game heroics.

Tim Tebow throws a pass during training camp in 2010, his rookie season. (David Saez/EDN)
Tim Tebow throws a pass during training camp in 2010, his rookie season. (David Saez/EDN)

So there it is. As much as I acknowledged that I lacked faith in Tebow’s arm strength, I must also admit that the sports fan in me believed in the possibility of what he might do given the chance. That’s what sports do: give us a chance to see what’s possible. You just never know.

This is why many of us come to follow sports, no matter what the level – youth, high school, college or professional. And this is why I will come to you from this website on a regular basis. In the coming weeks, I will write about the youth baseball teams in our area and the forthcoming high school football season. While this community may be ruled by the Oregon Ducks, the youth and high school athletes in our area merit coverage. My goal is to help EDN make that happen through regular feature stories and columns.

Tim Tebow (15) and Denver teammates run sprints during 2010 training camp. (David Saez/EDN)
Tim Tebow (15) and Denver teammates run sprints during 2010 training camp. (David Saez/EDN)

To make it work, I’ll need you. I’m hoping that this will be a conversation between us. I don’t want to speak into the wilderness of cyberspace only to hear an echo – or worse, nothing. I’m not the type that uses a bullhorn to get a point across. I love good stories, and they’re out there. And we can learn from them. Whether you agree or disagree with me, I am striving for your consideration, your thoughts, and your engagement. Let’s talk, and let’s learn about the people and events that make up the sports world around here. Let’s see what’s possible.

 

Tim Tebow drops back to pass during 2010 training camp his rookie season. (David Saez/EDN)
Tim Tebow drops back to pass during 2010 training camp his rookie season. (David Saez/EDN)

In recognition of Tim Tebow’s contribution to my enjoyment of sports, I give you these pictures taken during the second day of the 2010 Denver Bronc’s training camp at the Dove Valley Headquarters in Englewood, Colorado. This was Tebow’s first training camp. My wife, son and I stopped there during our moving trip from Tallahassee to Eugene. Pardon the quality of the pictures. Like I said, I’m a words and story guy. So come back and read. In the end, that’s all I can ask. I’ll always try to make it worth your while.

Tim Tebow walks out onto the practice fields at the Denver Bronco's training camp in 2010, his rookie year. (David Saez/EDN)
Tim Tebow walks out onto the practice fields at the Denver Bronco’s training camp in 2010, his rookie year. (David Saez/EDN)

 

David has been a sports reporter for five of his 10 years as a professional journalist. Before moving to Eugene in 2010, he worked as a reporter with daily newspapers in Ohio, Missouri, Tennessee, Minnesota and Florida. He is a journalism instructor at the University of Oregon and believes that strong reporting and compelling story telling will keep them reading.

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